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How To Cope With Adult Breakouts

When we were in high school many of us thought that our pimples would suddenly disappear once we turned 20, but unfortunately, for many of us we were wrong. Adult acne is a real problem and it’s even on the rise. It’s now estimated that this frustrating condition affects two out of three adults. So why does our skin continue to break out as we get older and how do we prevent it? We’ve put together everything you need to know to help kick it to the curb for good.

What are the root causes of adult breakouts?

As much as it pains us to say it, there’s not one overarching answer as to why adults get acne. Instead, there are a lot of factors at play including hormones, diet, stress, and your skincare routine. If one of those is off in any way, then your chances of getting breakouts spike.


If you’re a woman, you’ll know that your hormones are constantly fluctuating. Changes in hormones can trigger excess oil production and lead to blocked pores and pimples.

Tip: Track your cycle by using a period tracking app (yes, they exist!) and take special care of your skin around this time.


Diet is another major factor when it comes to your skin health. We recommend a balanced diet that is also low in sugar to help control future breakouts.

Tip: Ditch sugar and move over to a skin-friendly diet that’s filled with fresh vegetables, proteins and good fats.


There’s nothing more frustrating than when people tell you to “chill out”, but for the sake of your skin, you really need to try. Stress increases the levels of cortisol in the body, which can lead to more breakouts.

Tip: Reduce your stress levels as much as possible. Meditate, exercise, get lots of sleep – do anything that helps you reduce your everyday anxiety.

How do you manage adult breakouts?

Your best defence against adult breakouts starts at home. Implement a skincare routine that includes cleansing, treating and moisturising – and make sure that your products contain acne-fighting ingredients. Unsure of what to look when selecting products? Familiarise yourself with these hero ingredients:

  • Glycolic acid: This skin-loving AHA helps to keep your face clear by exfoliating the skin and turning over dead skin cells. As an added bonus it also helps the ageing skin by softening lines and fading brown spots, too.

    Find it in: Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

  • Benzoyl peroxide: This key acne-fighting ingredient is perfect for tacklingbreakouts. It penetrates into pores and clears acne-causing impurities, helping to clear up any pimples you have now and minimise new ones from forming.

    Find it in: Pore Targeting Solution

  • Salicylic acid: This BHA helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and removes debris that clogs pores and causes breakouts. It also helps to reduce pore size, which stretches and gets enlarged with age.

    Find it in: Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

As you can see, adult breakouts is a complicated condition and unfortunately, it won’t disappear overnight. But by understanding the triggers – hormones, diet, and stress – and implementing a bulletproof skincare routine, you’ll be one step closer to getting clear skin at any age.

Looking for a foolproof solution to adult breakouts? The Proactiv+ 3 Step kit has everything you need to get your skincare routine up and running. It’s designed to give you the type of blemish control you’d expect from Proactiv plus added skincare benefits to enhance overall skin radiance.

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Medical reference: PROA18-09-0403

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